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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you told me my grandmother was in the kitchen, I wouldn't have been surprised. Everything is fresh and homemade. We started with fried calamari, fried ravioli and bruschetta. Calamari was prepared breaded and lightly fried. Fried ravioli was deep fried golden brown. Bruschetta for 4 was piled high with tomatoes, cheese, and all the "fixins". Dinner came with choice... More 

Thank Carolyn F
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here while visiting Indianapolis on sweetest day weekend. The food was authentic, my girlfriend had the chicken parmesan and I had the veal saltimbocca*, both were great, perfect portions. Our server was a tad busy and did not list off any specials, but our drinks remained full and he was attentive enough. If you are looking for a... More 

Thank Aaron H
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best Italian in Indianapolis! Great vibe, and always good food! A staple for us but it's always a hit when we share with newbies!

Thank Breena Y
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed another dinner at Mama's - ate outside for a final time this season. Food was very good- the anti pasti was great to share. Still need to work a bit on refining their service. Need to soften their messages. We will be back.

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south dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Mamas on Saturday night. We arrived at 7pm. Boy that was not the time to go. We knew better to go at that time but we decided to give it a go. The wait was 35 minutes. We we walked inside the place was packed!! Not a place to sit, even when you were waiting. There were about... More 

Thank switch88
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

What a wonderful experience. Service was fabulous and the food was delicious. We sat outside in the courtyard listening to soft, great Italian music being played. Get there early on the weekend or you won't find parking! Worth the trip.

Thank Carol H
Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

My wife and I went to Moma Carolla's with my brother and his wife, who live nearby. We were seated immediately without reservations and everyone appreciated their food quite a lot. The restaurant was busy, but there is a lot of seating. Definitely a good find!

Thank Joe G
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

At 5 PM this establishment was already taking names on "wait list." Was seated within 7 minutes. Service was prompt, orderly - food was excellent. Typically the GF choices are just okay - this was the best and tastiest of any restaurant so far. The bread and side salads were fresh and tasty. The "scratch" Alfredo sauce was very, very... More 

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

We decided to sit outside and it was a very pretty courtyard. The melon and prosciutto salad was tasty and the fresh basil was a nice added touch. The spaghetti carbonara was good and the French Martini was simply perfect. A nice, casual place to eat classic Italian. Convenient parking around the back.

Thank derind805
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

This spot was recommended from some coworkers and it was well worth the trip. The food was excellent and prices very reasonable for what you get. The wine selection is good and also reasonably priced. There were 7 of us and nobody had something that was just ok. We will for sure be back next time in Indy.

Thank Karl P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-259-9412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?